Before installing a new roof, you have to decide between a pitched and a flat roof design. In most cases, homeowners opt for a pitched roof because it is the most common design. However, a flat roof can provide various benefits that a pitched roof doesn't.
Here are three reasons to consider a flat roofing installation instead of a pitched roof.
Plenty of work and materials go into installing a pitched/sloped roof. Most of the work involves setting up a solid structural base for the roof to ensure it can hold its weight plus the weight of snow.
Furthermore, the center part of the roof has to be higher than the edges to give it a slope. Hence, balancing out the weight of the roof adds to the workload. As a result, many hours go into designing and installing a pitched roof, thus resulting in high labor costs.
Installing a flat roof is much simpler than installing a pitched roof. Installing a flat roof is like paving an extra floor. Hence, you don't need to raise any part of the roof or use support beams to hold the roof. Installing a flat roof will therefore take less time, and as a result, the billable hours are fewer.
Installing a flat roof can help you save money on material and labor costs.
Today, the functionality of a roof is a crucial consideration when choosing a roof design.
Pitched roofs have limited functionality compared to flat roofs. You can only use a pitched roof to host solar panels and antennas in most cases.
A flat roof provides better functionality than a pitched roof. For instance, you can convert a flat roof into a rooftop lounge area, kitchen garden, or outdoor party area.
Better Energy Efficiency
The type of insulation on a roof plays a significant role in a building's energy efficiency. Pitched roofs are more challenging to insulate due to their various edges and corners. As a result, pitched roofs have a cavity insulation system.
Cavity insulation systems are not continuous. Thus, several pitched roof areas, such as the corners, lack insulation. The gaps in cavity insulation reduce your home's energy efficiency. You will therefore spend more energy on heating and cooling due to the leaks that occur via the insulation gaps.
Flat roofs have a smooth surface that makes it easier to insulate the roof. As a result, flat roofs have a membrane insulation system. A membrane insulation system is continuous throughout the roof. Hence, flat roofs have no insulation gaps that affect a home's energy efficiency.
Hence, installing a flat roof is the best choice if you want to enjoy good energy efficiency.